Nominations open for 2018 NSW Creative Achievement Awards

LAST YEAR'S WINNERS: [L - R] 2017 NSW Emerging Creative Talent Award winners Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales from Romance Was Born with NSW Creative Laureate Award winners Felix Crawshaw and Dane Maddams from Plastic Wax at the 2017 Creative Achievement Awards.  (Photo: Supplied.)
LAST YEAR'S WINNERS: [L - R] 2017 NSW Emerging Creative Talent Award winners Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales from Romance Was Born with NSW Creative Laureate Award winners Felix Crawshaw and Dane Maddams from Plastic Wax at the 2017 Creative Achievement Awards. (Photo: Supplied.)

Cash and mentoring are some of the prizes the state government will offer those who have raised the profile of NSW’s creative industries – including, for the first time, people under 25.

“Our creative industries are significant drivers of innovation, jobs, and economic growth, and deserve strong recognition,” Minister for Trade and Industry Niall Blair said.

Now Mr Blair is urging creative people across the state to nominate for the 2018 NSW Creative Achievement Awards.

The NSW Creative Laureate Award celebrates the very best of the state’s talent, recognising an industry leader.  Previous recipients include studios Plastic Wax and Animal Logic, art gallery director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, multi-arts centre Carriageworks, and advertising company Saatchi & Saatchi Australia.

The Emerging Creative Talent Award gives an up-and-coming individual, team, or organization $15,000 and support for development.

The government is also offering a new prize this year.  The NSW Young Creative Award will provide people aged up to 25 with $3,000 and structured mentoring with a creative industry specialist.

“There’s so much diversity - from visual and performing arts including dance, music and theatre to digital and traditional media including film, television, radio, web design, publishing and advertising, and even architecture,” Mr Blair said.

Nominations close on Friday 16 March, at: http://nswciawards.com.au/.

This story Calling all creatives! first appeared on The Armidale Express.

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